CHARLESTON, IL – Katharyn L. Brewer, age 68 of Charleston passed away on October 5, 2021, at her brother’s home in Edgewater, Maryland. Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. The funeral service, honoring and celebrating her life, will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday with Reverend Jay Regenitter officiating. Burial will follow at Bridgeport City Cemetery in Bridgeport, Illinois. Memorial gifts may be made to the Nature Conservancy or the World Wildlife Fund. Gifts may be left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Kathy was born November 4, 1952, the daughter of Harold and Norma Jean (Thornberry) Ewing. She was a 1970 graduate of Robinson High School and a 1974 graduate of University of Illinois. During her time at the U of I she became a pledge member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and was a 50-year member. She utilized her degree as a 20-plus year employee of the Coles County Health Department as a Sanitarian Licensed Environmental Health Professional (LEHP).
Kathy was also a naturalist, and a voracious and avid reader. She loved to dance and did so for many years with the Jacqueline Bennett Dance Center in Charleston. She held fast to her Fighting Illini roots and continued to be a devoted fan of Illini basketball and football, holding season tickets for many years.
Kathy was a witty and fun-loving individual with a great smile and laugh. She was gracious, thoughtful, and considerate, and non-judgmental. She enjoyed living life to its fullest and making sure that others did too. She was extremely family oriented and many of her activities included beloved family members. Her niece and nephews felt they had the greatest aunt in the world – because they did! She never forgot a special day, birthdays, graduation, etc. and her Christmas gifts were always the best! Many special memories of Aunt Kathy and the numerous enjoyable trips and celebrations shared will forever be treasured.
Left to cherish many fond memories is her sister, Rhonda Buckman and husband Bud of Schroeder, Minnesota; her brother, Donald Ewing and wife Anita of Edgewater, Maryland; five nephews, Benjamin Ewing of Honolulu, Hawaii, Christopher Ewing of Bel Air, Maryland, Alexander Ewing of New York, New York, Scott Hanna and Zamia Hanna, both of Cleveland, Tennessee; and her niece, Karina Roldan of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Ewing and her mother and stepfather, Jack and Norma Jean Seed.
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